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The Commotion-Free Classroom

How to Run a Self-Directed Middle School Science Class

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Learn How to Run a Self-Directed Middle School Science Classroom

In this class, you will learn how to organize your supplies so that students can have easy access and be responsible to setup and take down the lab each day.

Learn how to set up a self-directed classroom. Work through a series of topics that you'll need to address before launching a self-directed classroom. Learn tips and strategies—some you'll be able to to implement right away and others will take more time.

We'll discuss how best to use the limited time we have together as a class and how to organize


Your Instructor


Carolyn Balch
Carolyn Balch

I started my career as a high school physics teacher. Then I entered the field of museum education at the National Air and Space Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) where I wrote science education materials and ran teacher workshops. When my children were born, I left the workforce and when they were little, our family got involved with a school start up. My children grew and with them, the school; I volunteered on a weekly basis, running science experiments for my son's class and joined the faculty as the middle school science teacher when the seventh grade was added. Now I write full-time, working to publish the curriculum I developed while I was teaching. Each online course is a unit of study from a hands-on, laboratory-experience perspective. Each activity has a video and written instructions so you'll be thoroughly prepared to teach them.


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Course Curriculum


  Welcome and Introduction
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start?
This course is a collection of video and written resources to use in your classroom. You can start as soon as you sign up!
Can I access these resources from my phone or tablet?
Sure! They work well on any device. PLUS, there's a free iOS app, called Teachable, that you might want to use.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.

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